Franklin man takes over as PGA of America's president


Ted Bishop, left, is pictured with the Ryder Cup Trophy alongside 2012 U.S. Ryder Cup Team captain Davis Love III at Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Ill, site of the 2012 Ryder Cup. Photo courtesy PGA of America.

It’s time for golf’s version of “Hail to the Chief.”

Today, Ted Bishop, general manager and director of golf at The Legends Golf Club in Franklin, will be sworn in as the 38th president of The PGA of America.

Bishop’s elevation to the presidency isn’t a surprise, though. There were no Election Night jitters as he awaited results.

Rather, his installation is the result of a four-year process that included two-year terms as the PGA’s secretary and, most recently, its vice president.

“You prepare yourself for this,” the 58-year-old Bishop said. “I can’t wait. Its the most exciting time in decades for the PGA.”

He said he sees his leadership style as his greatest strength.

“I believe in trying to lead by consensus, and I’ve never been afraid to surround myself with people who are smarter than I am,” Bishop said. “It’s a good leadership team we have here. This is the most exciting time to be going into my position. I’m really looking forward to it.”

The ceremony will take place at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore on the Inner Harbor, site of the PGA Annual Meeting, the largest governance event for The PGA of America. Baltimore is home to outgoing PGA president Allen Wronowski, director of golf at Hillendale Country Club in Phoenix, Md.

Current PGA secretary Derek Sprague is expected to become vice president by acclimation. Also, a new PGA secretary will be selected from a pool of seven candidates who have been nominated by PGA sections.

Sprague, who served as a member of the PGA of America’s Executive Committee the past two years, says he has complete confidence in Bishop.

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